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319 Fest will present 70 artists — including Davenport’s Soultru, fresh off a new release

In 2016, Cedar Rapids’ 319 Fest took a year off. Their goal was to refocus, redevelop. Organizers changed the location of the festival, and were determined to make it always free, organizer Jason Zbornik said in an email, “in hopes that it would allow more people access to new original music.” Now in its third year back […]

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Album Review: Ben Driscoll — Earthly Remains

Doing due diligence on Ben Driscoll — whose name I know mostly from live performances on KUNI FM — I turned up an article from 2015 in the Cedar Rapids Gazette that calls him a “former musician” and describes his Cedar Rapids woodworking business. Lucky for us, news of his demise as a musician is greatly exaggerated. […]

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Album Review: Treesreach — Some Night You Will Hear Me Crowing

Some Night You Will Hear Me Crowing, the debut album from Cedar Rapids trio treesreach, uses the story of Peter Pan as a thread joining the musical squares in a large double album quilt in the form of symphonic interstitial pieces. Taken by themselves, the rock songs are not directly Peter Pan-themed, but they evoke a sense of melancholy similar to Peter Pan’s afterthought.
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Album Review: Ryan Phelan — Memories

Cedar Rapids musician Ryan Phelan has been a mainstay on the close-knit music scene there for years, from beloved jam band Dr. Z’s Experiment to fresh effort Young the Lion. So it’s no surprise that on Memories, his solo effort released last month, he draws on the wide array of Cedar Rapids talent for an album filled with guest appearances, varied genres and local hat tips. […]

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Album Review: Hunter Dumped Us Here — I Understand

Hunter Dumped Us Here I Understand www.hunterdumpedushere.bandcamp.com The members of the band Hunter Dumped Us Here may hail from Cedar Rapids, but they have musical ideas and ambitions that extend well beyond the city limits. They may be firmly in the camp of drums-and-wires rock and roll, but one cannot deny their intensity and musical […]

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Cedar Rapids rockabilly revival: The Magnetos make a triumphant return

Magnetos Parlor City Pub and Eatery — Friday, Sept. 2 at 9 p.m. It’s been over two years since Cedar Rapids rockabilly favorites the Magnetos last graced a stage, and their fans are well-past ready for their return. Now, the wait is over. Friday, Sept. 2 at 9 p.m., the band will put on a […]

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Alumni of the Cedar Rapids Emerald Knights to perform at Tournament of Drums

Tournament of Drums Kingston Stadium — Friday, July 29 at 7 p.m. Five drum corps units from across the country will gather on Friday, July 29 at Kingston Stadium in Cedar Rapids (907 15th St. SW) for the second year of the newly-revived Tournament of Drums. The program showcases the musicianship and marching skills of […]

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Photos: American icon Dolly Parton plays Cedar Rapids

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]On Tuesday, July 19, country music legend Dolly Parton brought her 60-city tour in support of her upcoming album Pure & Simple With Dolly’s Biggest Hits (out Aug. 19) to a packed U.S. Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids. The revue (which spanned two and a half hours) was a very polished (and glittery) survey of […]

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Hello Dolly! Dolly Parton, Queen of Country, set to shine at U.S. Cellular Center

Nashville superstar Dolly Parton will grace the stage of the U.S. Cellular Center on Tuesday, July 19 at 7:30 p.m. in Cedar Rapids as part of her Pure & Simple Tour. Tickets for tomorrow’s show are still available and range from $49-$125. In addition to being my mom’s favorite celebrity, Dolly has won eight Grammy […]

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The future of rock: Youth music festival in Cedar Rapids

Riley Smith

Riley Smith Youth Music Festival NewBo City Market — Friday, July 1 at 10 a.m. Alburnett, Iowa native Riley Smith is returning to his roots to headline a festival filled with some of eastern Iowa’s most exciting rising talent. Smith, known to many for his role as Markus Keene on the TV show Nashville, will […]

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